IRS SCAM ALERT
Who are these people that take pleasure in scamming unsuspecting hardworking taxpayers? Yes, that’s right, American taxpayers can add another scam to the growing list of IRS scams.
There is a new scam that entails fake CP2000 notices being sent to taxpayers billing them for taxes related to the Affordable Care Act.
These notices are sent to taxpayers by email with the CP2000 sent as an attachment.
WHAT IS A CP2000?
The CP2000 is a legitimate notice that the IRS sends to taxpayers via U.S. postal mail. The IRS NEVER sends notices via email, electronic media, or social media. So if you receive an IRS notice through any of these channels, call the IRS or contact your tax preparer or accountant for verification.
CP2000 notices are issued to taxpayers when the IRS determines an under-reporting of income. If the income you reported on your tax return does not match the information provided to the IRS from third-party sources, you can expect to receive a CP2000 notice from the IRS.
The notice requests a check be mailed to the IRS if you agree with the changes. If you do not agree with the changes, you can mail or fax additional information to the IRS to support your claim. If you agree with the amount but are unable to pay the entire amount, the notice provides payment options such as installment payments.
THE FRAUDULENT CP2000
The fraudulent CP2000 notices seem to be coming from an Austin, Texas address. The notice requests information about the 2014 Affordable Care Act. Knowing these fraudsters, their method of operation can change at any time. In addition to the request that payment be mailed to a Texas P.O. Box, there is also a payment link within the email itself.
WHERE TO FORWARD THE EMAIL SCAM IF YOU ARE A TARGET
The IRS has advised both taxpayers and tax pros to forward the email scam to firstname.lastname@example.org and to delete the email immediately.
My advice to all taxpayers is to contact your accountant whenever you receive a notice from the IRS. You can never be too careful. Scams and scamsters are becoming more and more sophisticated. With our whole lives and our personal information becoming more and more digitalized, it is becoming much easier for crooks to try all sorts of tactics to cheat us out of our money. Be cautious and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Have a lovely day.
Desarie Anderson, CPA, EA
Anderson Accounting, LLC